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CEC Newsletter June 2014
This Newsletter is based on information received and discussed at the CEC Management Board Meeting on 13th and 14th May 2014. Please note that it may have been superseded by further events that have occurred between the meeting and the publication of this Newsletter.

Management Board 

Unconfirmed Minutes from the last Management Board meeting, held on 13th and 14th May 2014 are available to CEC Group Members on the CEC Web Site. 

Management Board Representation

Alister Jackson will be stepping down as representative for CONCAWE on the CEC Management Board with immediate effect.  Heather Hamje will stand in as the second CONCAWE representative until a replacement representative is nominated. 

Management Board Chairmanship

Anders Roj will retire as Chairman of the CEC Management Board effective 31st December 2014.  CONCAWE has declined the option to provide a replacement this time, therefore ATIEL was formally requested to propose a new Chairman, for approval by the CEC Management Board.

Improvements to CEC Processes 

‘The Guidance Notes for Drawing Up Terms of Reference for New Test Developments’ document has been completed and published on the CEC Web Site and circulated to Industry Stakeholders.

Other supporting documents designed to improve CEC processes and to provide better information for Chairmen and Secretaries in CEC Groups will be published and circulated as information packs to all TDG and SG Chairmen and Secretaries.

Further revisions and improvements to the CEC Constitution Guidelines were approved for publication. 

The individual tailoring of TDG Progress reports continues to be worked on.

TDG-L-104 – OM646 Effects of Biodiesel 

New crankcases should be available around end July 2014.  The severity will need to be checked before proceeding with the Round Robin.

TDG-L-106 – Oil Dispersion at Medium Temperature for Passenger Car DI Diesel Engines (DV6)

The lead laboratory has confirmed recent tests are in line for both viscosity and piston merit parameters although some unexpected results from a new sponsor has resulted in further investigation. More information should be available for the next CEC Board Meeting.

TDG-T-108 – Pitting Test

The CEC Management Board agreed to accept Phase 1 results, so the Group can move to Phase 2 reproducibility, with a Round Robin commencing in September 2014. The test is expected to be accepted and fully available by the second quarter of 2015. 

The CEC Management Board agreed that remaining sponsorship funds can be used to purchase reference test gears and reference lubricant to run the Round Robin, provided that all sponsors are in agreement.

TDG-L-109 Oxidation Test

The Round Robin process is underway with results expected to be available for the Group’s meeting in October.

TDG-F-110 IDID Test

The group is still trying to reduce the contaminants in the calibration fuel to a ‘real world’ level.

The Group Chairman will be invited to the next CEC Management Board Meeting to report on the progress of the Group if Phase 1 results are available. A proposal is expected from the Group to use some of the remaining sponsorship funds for additional injector ‘Clean-Up’ related work.

TDG-L-111 - Gasoline Cleanliness Test 

The Group meet to review all results early July with five or six laboratories expected to join in the Round Robin when Phase 1 has been approved.  

The Group Chairman will be invited to attend the next CEC Board Meeting to present results and to obtain approval to move to Phase 2, if appropriate

Rating Group

Nigel Britton gave a presentation on the activities of the Rating Group. The Group would appreciate some new members, particularly from OEM’s, but any interested parties would be most welcome. The Rating Workshops continue to be of a high value to the Industry and would benefit from having an SDG Liaison Officer assigned to the group to assist with analysis of Rating Workshops.

The CRC Rating Manuals have now become TMC Manuals and the CEC M-02-A-78 Code of Practice is obsolete although some Test Methods still refer to these publications.  The relevant Group Chairmen  will be informed. 

Reference Oils Group

Bruno Philippon gave a presentation on the activities of the Reference Oils Group. New members would be welcomed, particularly those from petroleum companies.

Management of reference oils has improved, with earlier notification of replacement batches for the requirement for new oils. The new process of access to individual Reference Oil Data Sheets via Test Methods appears to be working well. Checks with the CEC Secretariat from a Reference Oil supplier to ascertain a company’s CEC credentials before supplying oil, helps to direct the usage of CEC Reference Oils to CEC Tests.

The ROG will consider how more specifications might be available in the system, whilst still maintaining the required confidentiality of formulations.

Reference Fuels Group

Albrecht Spangenberg gave a presentation on the activities of the Reference Fuels Group.

The process for providing CEC designations for Legislative fuels will be discussed within ACEA and CONCAWE as well as the current legislative specifications, as legislative fuels have no particular purpose in CEC tests and such coding might imply CEC quality control/standards.

The impact of withdrawing the CEC coding for Legislative Fuels would be discussed within the RFG.

The Reference Fuels Chairman and the CEC Secretariat  will be working closely to improve and update the current Reference Fuels Manual.

CEC Tests Life Plan

CONCAWE’s recent  concerns about the shortage of parts and the continuing use of old technology in CEC fuel tests will be passed on to the relevant ACEA Group at their upcoming meeting in early June. 

SG-L-039 Elastomers

ACEA has accepted to delete the RE4 (NBR) from CEC L-39-96 Test Method.  The Test Method has been updated.

SG-L-088 – TU5

PCM are still in the process of checking the option of refurbishing cylinder heads, but this should not stop laboratories from running the TU5 until the end of 2Q 2015 because the laboratories have already agreed to reuse engine heads as long as their metrology is okay. 

PCM will produce an extra batch of piston rings in order to ensure that enough parts remain available until the end of lifetime of this test.

SG-L-099 OM646 Wear Test

The Management Board has agreed to a temporary amendment to the CEC L-99-08 Test Method until more on-spec cylinder heads are made available. 

CEC Secretariat Opening Hours

Normal Opening Hours are Monday to Thursday, 0800-1730 hours.  The CEC Secretariat office is closed on Fridays. 

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